A.R. Rahman has created history by winning two Oscars and made India proud. This is the first time that three Indians are receiving Oscars in the same year.
Oscars 2009 Winners
- Its party time for Slumdog Millionaire. it has won eight awards, including Best Director, Best Music and Best Picture. What an achievement. What a night. The whole cast and crew is up on high. Jai Hindi!
- Best Actor Sean Penn for his role in Milk.
- Best actress goes to Kate Winslet for The Reader! She breaks the 13 year curse and is justly rewarded for her fantastic work
- Best Director goes to Danny Boyle for his Slumdog millionaire. He jumps for joy (literally), and with good reason.
- Best Foreign Film is Departures, a Japanese film.
- Jai Ho has won the Oscar for Best Song! Two Oscars for India’s finest modern musician! What a night to remember. a classy, gracious acceptance speech from Mr Rahman. Well deserved. You’ve made all of India proud.
- Mr Rahman won the oscar for best Original Score
- Best Film Editing is goes to Chris Dickens
- The Best Sound Mixing award goes to Slumdog Millionaire’s Resul Pookutty.
- Best Sound Editing goes to The Dark Knight
- The Academy Award for best Visual Effects is The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
- The best supporting actress is Penelope Cruz for Vicky Cristina Barcelona!
- The Best Original Screenplay goes to Dustin Lance Black for Milk!
- Best Adapted Screenplay goes to Simon Beaufoy for his Slumdog Millionaire.
- Wall-E won the Best Animated Film.
- The Best Animated Short Film goes to La Maison en Petit Cubes.
- The Best Art Direction goes to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
- Best Costume Design goes to The Duchess (Michael O’Connor).
- Best Make-Up goes to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button!
- Best Cinematography goes to Slumdog Millionaire- Anthony Dod Mantle
- Best Live Action Short Film goes to Spielzeugland (Toyland)
- The Best Supporting Actor goes to Heath Ledger
- The Best Documentary goes to The Betrayal.
- Best Documentary (Short) goes to Smile Pinki, a film based in Benares
—–Congrats to everybody
Men’s ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup 2009 schedule
- Sri Lanka
- West Indies
- New Zealand
- South Africa
Group E A1, B2, C1, D2
Group F B1, A2, C2, D1
The scientists demonstrate the ability to decode a person’s preference for one of two drinks with 80 per cent accuracy by measuring the intensity of near infrared light absorbed in brain tissue.
This new technique that uses infrared light brain imaging to decode preference with the goal of ultimately opening the world of choice to children who can’t speak or move.
“This is the first system that decodes preference naturally from spontaneous thoughts,”
After teaching the computer to recognize the unique pattern of brain activity associated with preference for each subject, the researchers accurately predicted which drink the participants liked best 80 per cent of the time.
Most brain-computer interfaces designed to read thoughts require training.
Wearing a headband fitted with fibre-optics that emit light into the pre-frontal cortex of the brain, they were shown two drinks on a computer monitor, one after the other, and asked to make a mental decision about which they liked more. “When your brain is active, the oxygen in your blood increases and depending on the concentration, it absorbs more or less light.”
Luu says. The brain is too complex to ever allow decoding of a person’s random thoughts. “However, if we limit the context limit the question and available answers, as we have with predicting preference – then mind-reading becomes possible.“
“In some people, their brains are more active when they don’t like something, and in some people they’re more active when they do like something.”
The scientists also documented evidence of cold water-loving species shifting towards both poles to escape rising ocean temperatures. Chionodraco hamatus, an Antarctic ice fish, can withstand temperatures that freeze the blood of all other fish types.
These discoveries result in series of landmark.
Among many other findings,The scientists had found marine life that in Both Arctic And Antarctic poles apparently share in common things include marathoners such as grey whales and birds, but also worms, crustaceans, and angelic snail-like pteropods, the latter discoveries opening a host of future research questions about where they originated and how they wound up at both ends of the Earth.
Ice oceans of the Arctic and Antarctic have revealed a trove of secrets to Census of Marine Life explorers, who were especially surprised to find at least 235 species live in both polar seas despite a distance of more than 13,000-kilometer distance in between.
Happy Valentines Day!
You can’t stop loving or wanting to love because when its right, it is the best thing in the world.
When you’re in a relationship and it is good, even if nothing else in your life is right, you feel like your whole world is complete.
Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.
Love is the enchanted dawn of every heart.
Today technology has played a bigger role in our lives, our skills in critical thinking and analysis have declined, while our visual skills have improved, according to research.
Researched by Patricia Greenfield, UCLA distinguished professor of psychology and director of the Children’s Digital Media Center, Los Angeles.
“If we want to develop a variety of skills, we need a balanced media diet. Each medium has costs and benefits in terms of what skills each develops.”
Among the studies Greenfield analyzed was a classroom study showing that students who were given access to the Internet during class and were encouraged to use it during lectures did not process what the speaker said as well as students who did not have Internet access. When students were tested after class lectures, those who did not have Internet access performed better than those who did.
More than 85 percent of video games contain violence, one study found, and multiple studies of violent media games have shown that they can produce many negative effects, including aggressive behavior and desensitization to real-life violence, Greenfield said in summarizing the findings.
In another study, Video game skill predicted laparoscopic surgery skills, Greenfield said. “The best video game players made 47 percent fewer errors and performed 39 percent faster in laparoscopic tasks than the worst video game players.”
Visual intelligence has been rising globally for 50 years. Greenfield believes much of this change is related to our increased use of technology, as well as other factors, including increased levels of formal education, improved nutrition, smaller families and increased societal complexity, etc.
India in New Zealand Cricket Match
Date Match Venue Time
Feb 20 India arrive in New Zealand
Feb 25 1st Twenty20 International (D/N) Christchurch 11:30 IST
Feb 27 2nd Twenty20 International (D/N) Wellington 11:30 IST
Mar 3 First ODI (D/N) Napier 06:30 IST
Mar 6 Second ODI (D/N) Wellington 06:30 IST
Mar 8 Third ODI (D/N) Christchurch 06:30 IST
Mar 11 Fourth ODI (D/N) Hamilton 06:30 IST
Mar 14 Fifth ODI (D/N) Auckland 06:30 IST
Mar 19-23 First Test Hamilton 03:30 IST
Mar 27-31 Second Test Napier 03:30 IST
Apr 4-8 Third Test Wellington 03:30 IST